BATH prop Anthony Perenise says that they cannot take London Irish’s lowly position in the Aviva Premiership for granted when they collide at the Madejski Stadium tomorrow.

The Rec men head east along the M4 determined to banish the blues of their last league outing when then were beaten by bitter rivals Gloucester 22-21 on the last play of the game.

However, the Wellington-born front-rower says that they have to move on from that and focus on maintaining pace with the leading pack.

“That’s gone now (the Gloucester game), we’ve looked at the video, looked at where we went wrong and we move on,” said Perenise, who rejoined Bath this season from Bristol.

“London Irish are now the team standing in front of us and we have to focus on them and make sure that we have the right mindset.”

Over past fortnight, the 35-year-old, who has won 30 caps for Samoa, admits that would have liked to been on the field of battle as the club’s younger contingent stepped forward to get their Anglo-Welsh Cup campaign off to a winning start with a 26-22 victory over the Exiles followed by a 33-31 success at home to Leicester Tigers.

“I much prefer being out there playing,” the tighthead prop said. “But as I missed the pre-season here I have used the last couple of weeks getting trashed by the fitness and conditioning guys.

“The time has also given the young guys a chance and they have been playing some really good footy.”

Meanwhile, first team coach Darren Edwards feels that the squad have managed to learn the lessons from the Cherry and Whites loss.

“We didn’t close the game out against Gloucester, but we have learned from that – against Leicester we managed do that,” the 43-year-old Welshman said.

“Hopefully we don’t have many more close games like that but it shows that we have learned from what happened.”

With the autumn internationals now in full swing, Edwards admits it is a time that he relishes as a coach.

“(This time of year) is quite exciting as you are working with a new group of players and you are coaching then, you are teaching then what needs to be done,” the former Wales U20s head coach said.

“When you have an established group of players it is different, they are versed in what you are doing.”

On the London Irish match, Edwards added: “We lost to the bottom two teams last season and that really hurt us – it probably cost us a place in the play-offs.

“So we have to be aware of that on Saturday and make sure that doesn’t happen.”